The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul

The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul

by Lissa Rankin M.D.

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Overview

     Not many people in the medical world are talking about how being afraid can make us sick—but the truth is that fear, left untreated, becomes a serious risk factor for conditions from heart disease to diabetes to cancer. Now Lissa Rankin, M.D., explains why we need to heal ourselves from the fear that puts our health at risk and robs our lives of joy—and shows us how fear can ultimately cure us by opening our eyes to all that needs healing in our lives.
     Drawing on peer-reviewed studies and powerful true stories, The Fear Cure presents a breakthrough understanding of fear’s effects and charts a path back to wellness and wholeness on every level. We learn:

  • How a fearful thought translates into physiological changes that predispose us to illness
  • How to tell true fear (the kind that arises from a genuine threat) from false fear (which triggers stress responses that undermine health)
  • How to tune in to the voice of courage inside—our “Inner Pilot Light”
  • How to reshape our relationship to uncertainty so that it’s no longer something to dread, but a doorway to new possibilities
  • What our fears can teach us about who we really are
     At the intersection of science and spirituality, The Fear Cure identifies the Four Fearful Assumptions that lie at the root of all fears—from the sense that we’re alone in the universe to the belief that we can’t handle losing what we love—and shifts them into Four Courage-Cultivating Truths that pave our way to not only physical well-being, but profound awakening. Using exercises from a wide range of mind-body practices and spiritual traditions, Dr. Rankin teaches us how to map our own courage-cultivating journey, write a personalized Prescription for Courage, and step into a more authentic life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401944261
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,215,072
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Lissa Rankin, M.D., author of the New York Times bestseller Mind Over Medicine, is a mind-body medicine physician, author, speaker, and founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, a training program for physicians and other health-care providers. Passionate about what makes people healthy and what predisposes them to illness, she studies how healers might better care for patients and how patients might better care for themselves. She is on a mission to heal health care, help patients play a more active role in healing themselves, learn from indigenous cultures about anomalous forms of healing, and encourage the health-care industry to embrace and facilitate, rather than resist, such miracles. She is also passionate about how spiritual growth translates into physical healing and how awakening collective consciousness heals us all.
Website: lissarankin.com

Table of Contents

Foreword Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. xi

Introduction xv

Part 1 How Fear Makes You Sick

Chapter 1 The Physiology of Fear 3

Chapter 2 Scientific Proof Fear Can Make You Sick 15

Part 2 The Truth about Fear

Chapter 3 Discerning Fear 47

Chapter 4 Uncertainty Is the Gateway to Possibility 83

Chapter 5 Loss Is Natural and Can Lead to Growth 101

Chapter 6 It's a Purposeful Universe 121

Chapter 7 We Are All One 157

Part 3 The Prescription for Courage

Chapter 8 Free Yourself 185

Chapter 9 Six Steps to Cultivating Courage 201

Appendix A 13 Techniques for Shifting Beliefs 269

Appendix B 20 Ideas for Cultivating Courage 273

Appendix C 7 Steps for Creating Your Tribe 275

Appendix D Lissa's Personal Prescription for Courage 279

Resources 283

Endnotes 285

Acknowledgments 291

About the Author 297

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